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14th Annual Empty Bowls Benefit

The Empty Bowls Project started in 1990 with a Michigan high school teacher and his students envisioning an event to raise funds for a local food drive. What started as a small class project spread across the nation as a benefit event model for alleviating food insecurity and hunger. The concept is simple: a group hosts an Empty Bowls benefit event in their community, where attendees pay a small donation fee and partake in a meal of soup and bread. Ceramic bowls created by local artists are an integral part of the event, symbolizing and reminding attendees of the food insecurity faced by so many on a daily basis. All raised funds are donated to an organization committed to fighting food insecurity.

The 14th annual OSU Empty Bowls event will benefit two local organizations: our very own campus food pantry and Fresh & Local, First!, which raises funds for SNAP match at farmers’ markets in Linn and Benton counties, Oregon. The work of hosting this year’s benefit is being undertaken as a service-learning project for students in ANTH/FCSJ 361. FOOD JUSTICE. From project planning and event promotion, to the educational outreach and awareness-raising that are key elements of any Empty Bowls event, these students are engaging in hands-on learning and getting first-hand experience in food justice work.

What: Dinner and Silent Auction
When: Saturday, March 7, 5-7pm
Where: McNary Dining Center
Cost: $5-$20, sliding scale (kids 5 and under, free; students can use dining dollars)

Sponsored by Oregon State University's School of Language, Culture, and Society, Anthropology Program, Food in Culture and Social Justice Program, University Housing and Dining Services, Human Services Resource Center, and Community Engagement and Leadership